Its also hard to explain to the fanbase that you just traded Martin Brodeur, the common bond shard by every generation of Devils fan, the winningest goalie who's ever lived, the greatest Devil of all-time, and the face of the franchise for two decades for a third round pick.
In fairness, I think most Devils fans have made their peace with Marty getting dealt, especially if it's Marty himself who's pushing for it...I don't blame Lou for any of this, and I don't think too many Devils fans will either. He wasn't going to just let Marty go after 2012, so he had to bring him back. The lockout was looming and no one knew if there was going to be a 2012-13 season, so Lou had to go an extra year with Marty, especially when other teams apparently got involved. Lou made a no-brainer deal for Schneider when it was obvious that bringing back Marty as the incumbent #1 would probably be a dangerous proposition, and clearly at some point, Lou had to start thinking about life after Marty, especially with the farm not having any real solid goaltending prospects. That's another subject in itself...we should all count our luckies that Marty stayed here for so long and played as well as he did for so much of that time, because the Devils really did a terrible job at developing goalies from within, despite being willing to spend some upper-round picks on them during Marty's tenure.
The only way this was going to be a completely smooth transition/ending was if Marty wanted to accept that he was going to lose the starting job to Cory as this year went on (barring him actually outplaying Cory, which we knew wasn't going to happen over the full course of the season), then was willing to play less and less, then would retire at season's end. But in the end it's obvious the guy wants to play more than he currently does, and probably wants to play next season too. He still thinks he has something left. I'll be the first to admit that I think he's wrong on that count (he's not only inconsistent at best now, his lows are about as bad as it gets for an NHL goalies in 2014 who plays behind a good defensive team), and it would be so much better to see him finish out this season and call it quits as a Devil, and who knows, maybe that's what ultimately happens...but only one guy can make that call. I can't pretend to know exactly what goes on in Marty's head, but this is probably an emotional and difficult time for him, and his head is probably all over the place. I think he's trying to say the right things as he's questioned by the media, but the right things are probably changing day-to-day with him, and it sounds like he's trying to cover all bases with his quotes, which is pretty much impossible...there's nothing he can say that will be universally appealing.
What sucks is some fans are turning on Marty and making fairly innocuous quotes sound a lot worse than they really are. Hopefully those that are ticked at him for whatever the reasons will move past that quickly.